A big THANK YOU to all the transcribers and photographers who participated this month in the Golden Egg and Win the Pin contests! The warmer weather and beautiful sunshine were a perfect combination to make it the best April for photos and records created in a single month.
On top of that April was also the highest month in BillionGraves’ history for both photos uploaded AND records transcribed with 411,468 photos and 444,294 records transcribed.
A HUGE thank you to all of you for making it possible!
For our Golden Egg hunters, our tricky hints were no match for you as over 55 Golden Eggs were found all over the world! Follow the links below to see the winners for each week’s Golden Egg contest!
In addition to the weekly Golden Egg hunt, each contestant who participated in the Golden Egg challenge will receive our special edition BillionGraves collectors Pin!
Let’s not forget the incredible volunteers, both photographers and transcribers who helped make April the best month in BillionGraves’ history! We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you! Check out the Leaderboard HERE to see if you made it as one of the top 50 photographers/transcribers!
|Top Photographers||Top Transcribers|
|1. Jodie1 29,044||1. StoneScriber 20,439|
|2. sunsearch 9,423||2. HonestAbe 14,291|
|3. splash1857 8,953||3. clyork0425 12,774|
|4. juicyjaffa 6,662||4. TBearra 11,195|
|5. Nancy Alford 6,420||5. myfamilygenea 10,081|
|6. Tombstoneguy 5,869||6. Linda 8,807|
|7. STEVE N 5,792||7. Teresa 8,685|
|8. Paulwuzhere 5,786||8. wmnwrt469 6,825|
|9. PeterAchurch 5,602||9. edeainfj 6,628|
|10. RoseF IGRA 5,511||10. KRobDFW 6,046|
|11. Jim Pack 5,330||11. melohnt 5,879|
|12. Sabrinabettridge 4,729||12. Harbormg 5,596|
|13. Melyssawebb 4,505||13. DdraigGoch 5,047
|14. Time Traveler 4,503||14. splash1857 4,886|
|15. gpsguy 4,347||15. huskerken 4,648|
|16. huskerken 4,293||16. VeganHiker 4,541|
|17. PMakely 4,117||17. Mptothill 4,508|
|18. Hobbie 4,106||18. Christie Owens 4,476|
|19. havalan 4,040||19. PookasMama 4,406|
|20. kingdavid8 3,931||20. jodie1 4,349|
|21. David58 34,257||21. trishkovach 4,254|
|22. Poppanoo 3,907||22. MargieW 4,050
|23. Paul Shaffer 3,817||23. CarolEdyth 3,826|
|24. keithbowden 3,788||24. chickenfarm 3,701
|25. OurFamilyBefore 3,781||25. RustyRivet 3,602|
|26. kenpojosh 3,716||26. Melyssawebb 3,554|
|27. JestelleD 3,645||27. ellentserv 3,529|
|28. Swmosey 3,402||28. Rob Dickens 3,510|
|29. Marijke Bullians 3,399||29. Carlene Seiberling 3,440|
|30. Bstrong33 3,308||30. HelenMcK 3,334|
|31. SCHLESS 3,088||31. Lisa 3,309|
|32. valmer ,2,851||32. Marijke Bullians 3,268|
|33. folkreligion 2,795||33. AnnMess 3,238|
|34. TabathaFBrown 2,790||34. guthrm 3,203|
|35. Cherry Tiffney 2,781||35. ljpatockhewitt 3,174|
|36. CopCruisers 2,702||36. Nancy Alford 3,154|
|37. Regine Brindle 2,678||37. MsXray40 3,120|
|38. Harbormg 2,642||38. gopanowitz 3,097|
|39. carolcg 2,617||39. 1renglestead 3,042|
|40. Rlturner53 2,587||40. limeyrr 2,990|
|41. kblack 2,551||41. RachelE 2,958|
|42. rogerking11 2,506||42. Pianomom3 2,766|
|43. Corinna92 2,461||43. happyinMaine 2,765|
|44. Mptothill 2,404||44. roni46 2,713|
|45. SleepyTime 2,394||45. sallys 2,710|
|46. Alan 2,380||46. karl kaufmann 2,707|
|47. jochris 2,371||47. OpiumEater 2,667|
|48. bgravel1212 2,341||48. email@example.com 2,666|
|49. MyHChiefGen 2,260||49. Terry 2,591|
|50. Rbemis01 2,242||50. vblackledge 2,546|
If you are on this list, please make sure your email on your BillionGraves account is your correct current email address. We will be emailing you through the email on your account. You will need to provide us a shipping address where you would like your Prizes to be sent. So watch your inbox for that this week. Remember all prizes must be redeemed by the 15th of the month! If you don’t get the email from us by May 5, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your BG Username, Full Name, and Mailing address.
Thanks again to all who contributed this month! We sure appreciate all your many contributions!
The Fine Print. (Cause we have to have fine print, right?)
- This promotion isn’t intended to promote any particular religious celebrative aspects of Spring and Easter, nor force upon anyone any particular type of religious beliefs. While Easter is held by many Christians as a highly religious holiday, Easter eggs and Easter egg hunts are traditions held by many different cultures, groups, faiths and families. We respect the right to celebrate in any safe and responsible way possible.
- This promotion is intended for photographers only. Sorry, transcribers. Let’s go outside!
- If you or another user marks a headstone picture as “bad” we deduct it from the uploader’s total images. And we’ll call you and make fun of you.
- Make sure you have permission and are welcome to take pictures in your local cemetery before doing so. Remember, private cemeteries require permission of the owner before taking any pictures. No one likes a trespasser! Not cool!
- This promotion is open to all to participate for free. Registration is required. (Register HERE. Come on.You know you want to. It’s free!)
- More than one individual may contribute to a single account, however, the limit is one prize redemption per BillionGraves account.
- Items will ship in 6-8 weeks after contest closes for winners in the U.S. Please allow 8-12 for winners outside the U.S. However, our shipment robots are getting faster!
- Recipients will be required to provide a mailing address for physical items.
NEW FEATURES: A SIGN OF SPRING!
The BillionGraves team has been hard at work over the winter months to bring you some very special additions to the website! As many of you already know, we have made some of these updates already available on the website! Better yet, there are even more coming soon! It’s like Christmas almost every day at BillionGraves!
To showcase some of the changes that we have made we thought we would put together a little tutorial of the new/updated functions.
- LOTS of bug fixes
- Better handling of international languages on the transcription page
- Ability to transcribe and display Hebrew dates
- Transcription enhancements
- Localization into other languages has been completed for the following pages:
> Registration / Login
> Home page
> Search page
> Record page
> Cemetery page
> Transcription page
For those of you that really want to dig into the details, here is a diagram of where some the new changes appear.
1 – 4 (Transcription Filtering): To accommodate the increase in international records that have been flooding in, we have added increased functionality for filtering records by Country of origin, Cemetery, and Language. Now you can select the exact type of headstones that you are interested in. No more guessing or incorrect transcriptions are needed! We have thousands of native users in every language who are anxious to correctly transcribe these records! If you are unsure, please skip the record and leave it to another user to correctly transcribe.
1 (Transcription by Country): Choose what Country to Transcribe from. This was created to allow you flexibility in what country you want to transcribe records.
2 (Transcription by Cemetery): Transcribing by specific cemetery was created to allow those who are doing service projects to have multiple people transcribing for that cemetery.
3 (Declare Headstone Language): We have added this special feature to help identify the language that is present on the headstone. This will allow us to then show this headstone to users who can accurately transcribe the headstone. To use this function, simply select the language of the headstone you see. If you know the language, continue with your transcription. If you do not know the language, click next after selecting the language you believe it is in. (Note if you are not sure of the language, click next and let another user determine the language)
4 (Transcription by Headstone Language Proficient in other languages? You can now select which Language you want to transcribe from. Simply choose the language you want and start transcribing.
5-6 (Hebrew Dates and Hebrew Transcriptions): We have added several new functions to handle Hebrew dates and Transcriptions. These functions are specifically designed to accommodate the incredible historical information that is contained on Jewish headstones all over the world.
5A (Show/Hide Hebrew Dates): The Hebrew dates are closed by default unless the headstone language is set to Hebrew. To open the Hebrew dates functions simply click on “Show/Hide Hebrew Dates” as depicted in 5A below. Once the options are open, you can enter in the applicable dates on the headstones. Hebrew dates support both Alpha and Numeric entries depending on the content of the headstone.
For example: Tue, 29 April 2014 = 29th of Nisan, 5774 = כ״ט בְּנִיסָן תשע״ד. All Entries are accepted by the new systems.
Note: On many Jewish headstones, a Gregorian and Hebrew date are listed. It is VERY IMPORTANT to enter ALL information contained on the headstone. We are able to capture both Gregorian AND Hebrew dates on the same headstone.
6A-6D: Basic/Advanced Options: To help simplify options that are not regularly used, we have created a Basic and Advanced mode. To expand these additional options, simply click on 6A: “+ Basic Options”.
5D (Hebrew Marriage Dates): Hebrew Marriage dates are included IF the Advanced Options AND Hebrew Dates have been expanded. Enter Hebrew marriage information the same way as other Hebrew Dates.
6B (Maiden Name): Enter in Maiden Name of the individual on the headstone.
6C (Marriage Dates): Enter in Marriage Dates of individuals on the headstone. Note: The date structure for all dates will change from DD/MM/YYYY to MM/DD/YYYY depending on the language and location of the headstone. Please be aware of this when transcribing headstones in other languages and countries.
6D (Age at Death): We have added the ability to add the age at death. Some headstones only contain the number of years a person lived instead of giving the birth or death date. Others are more specific with the number of years, months, and days. We are now equipped to handle this information and process it to give suggested birth/death dates. Note: Suggestions for birth/death dates will be added to this and search functions shortly.
7 (Others NOT Buried Here): This section is specifically designed to record individuals that are inscribed on the headstone and are NOT buried at that location. In many cultures it is common to designate relationships on headstones. This feature is ONLY for identifying individuals that are inscribed on the headstone and not for identifying relationships to other individuals.
7B (Show/Hide Others NOT Buried Here): The Others NOT buried here section is closed by default. To add an individual that is NOT buried, but listed on the headstone, simply click on the “Others NOT buried here” button as depecited in 7B.
7A (Adding an Individual NOT Buried Here): To add an individual not buried here, simply type in their Given and Family names. After doing this, it is REQUIRED to state the relationship of the individual you are adding. Relationships are very important and is how we are able to tie multiple headstones in different locations together. If the relationship is truly unknown, please select “unknown” at the bottom of the Relationship drop-down menu. After selecting a relationship, click “+ Add” and you and then enter in another individual.
To view and example of the difference between adding another individual and adding a person NOT buried there click HERE.
CHANGES TO THE WEBSITE:
We have added numerous updates to the website as a whole. Some are enhancements to current features that aren’t visible and others are features that you will interact with. The biggest enhancement is the
BillionGraves Website Language Selector:
Billion Grave users rejoice! You can now select what language you want to view the site in. By selecting the drop down box you can
choose from a number of different languages. This language selector will default to the language your computer and location is set to.
To manually change what language you are viewing, simply click the drop-down menu, and select the new language of your choice.
NOTE: Not every page is currently translated. The main pages are in beta, however updates to the languages are happening on a daily basis. If you notice any errors in our translations, please email email@example.com with the old and new translation.
MANY MORE FEATURES TO COME!
We have countless updates and new features that we will continue to add to the BillionGraves website as well as mobile applications. These updates will increase in frequency, so check back often for the latest and greatest! If you aren’t already a friend on facebook, like us now to stay up to date with all the new changes, prizes, and progress!
Like us on Facebook now! -> HERE
May is our annual Million More in May challenge and this year we are going to achieve our goal!! The warm weather is here! It’s time to dust off those shoes, charge up your phones, and get out to the local cemetery! It’s a great way to get out of the house, get your whole family involved, and know that you are helping millions of people around the world connect with their families!
A BIG THANK YOU!
Of course we would be nowhere without the help and feedback from each of you! We thank you for your continued efforts as we reach our goal of documenting and preserving the world’s cemeteries!
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BillionGraves Golden Egg Contest Winners!
Week 4 of the BillionGraves Golden Egg Contest is officially over! Another incredible week with 381,713 photos taken and 406,511 new records transcribed! A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed this weekend and found 6 Golden Eggs all over the world! Check out the leaderboard HERE!
This week’s Golden Egg clue was the date (day, month and year) of the first celebration of Earth Day, April 22, 1970.
For our Facebook friends, there was a bonus question for an extra entry into the contest. The question: What was the name of the US Senator that spearheaded the creation of Earth Day, was Senator Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin . Congrats to Arthur Moody for winning this week’s bonus entry!
Here are the 7 entries submitted over the weekend!
|1||Paul R. Smith||…DellaEmmaRoads/7676855|
|2||Paul R. Smith||…JosephEMedley/7731964|
|7||Arthur Moody||…Bonus Facebook Winner: Gaylor Nelson|
The winners of the BillionGraves Golden Egg Contest for week 4 are:
Bronze Egg ($10 Amazon gift card): Arthur Moody
Silver Egg (Coffee Table High Quality “Planet Earth” Book): Kathleen Black
Golden Egg (Blu-Ray OR DVD set of Planet Earth):Paul R. Smith
****Winner’s please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and BG username to claim your prize!****
A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated this week as well as all of our contributors who have contributed during this moth’s Golden Egg Contest!
Didn’t win in the Golden Egg contest? Don’t worry, you can still win a BillionGraves’ April Collectors Pin by being in the Top 50 photographers and Transcribers during the month of April!
See if you are on the leaderboard, or what you need to do to get on the leaderboard -> HERE
Don’t miss out on this great collectors piece! So grab your phone, and start planning your trip to the cemetery this week!
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BillionGraves Golden Egg Contest has officially begun!
It’s Wednesday! The week’s halfway over and we have our final BillionGraves Golden Egg Clue for you!
As always, we had amazing participation this past week with our clue on the Titanic. Photographers were able to capture several Golden Eggs of original Titanic passengers buried in England! What an amazing link to history! Thank you for your participation and amazing contributions who found 25 Golden Eggs around the world!! Keep up the great work!
Now, on to today’s clue: 44 years ago, a specific day was set aside in the United States, designed to increase public awareness on the environment.
What was the date (day, month and year) of the first celebration of Earth Day?
Need a hint? Watch this video for a little bit of guidance:
Earth Day may have been started in the United States, but it has turned into a worldwide celebration of environmental awareness and the preservation of the planet. On the 20th more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated in Earth Day celebrations! Although it may get celebrated differently in different areas across the globe, the message remains the same: PRESERVE.
All of us at BillionGraves and all of our contributors, transcribers and photographers understand that statement very well; our mission is to preserve the memories and information of those that have passed on. Now, get outside and into the cemeteries and find those final Easter Eggs! (Maybe pick up some trash on your way there in celebration of Earth Day!)
Remember to follow all the guidelines and rules to qualify for the challenge each week! A quick refresher on the basic rules:
- The clue will be for a specific date (day, month AND year) of a significant moment in national or global history that you will need to find on a headstone between the Wednesday and Sunday (11:59pm GMT) of that week.
- If you find a headstone with the special date as either the Birth or Death date (day, month AND year), you’ve found a BillionGraves Easter Egg!
- Take a picture and upload it to BillionGraves through the mobile application
- Copy and paste the URL into the comments section of this Blog post.
For a full recap of all the rules check them out HERE!
- 1 egg winner per person per week. Multiple submissions will aid in the chance of getting the Golden Egg.
- Submissions of headstones will only be used if the full date is included on the inscription of the headstone. Unmarked graves or incomplete graves will not be included unless the actual original burial record (not just typed transcription of a burial index) is added to the record.
Good luck, BillionGravers and Happy Egg Hunting!
Source: History.com (Date unknown) The First Earth Day. Retrieved from http://www.history.com/this-
BillionGraves Golden Egg Contest Winners!
Week 3 of the BillionGraves Golden Egg Contest is officially over! Another incredible week with 289,075 photos taken and 321,967 new records transcribed! A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed this weekend and found 25 Golden Eggs all over the world! Check out the leaderboard HERE!
This week’s Golden Egg clue was the date of the sinking of the HMS Titanic in the north Atlantic: April 15, 1912.
Here are the 25 entries submitted over the weekend!
|1||Robert Alan Carter||…/EvelineClifton/7595575|
|2||Robert Alan Carter||…/ArthurABrown/7595653|
The winners of the BillionGraves Golden Egg Contest for week 3 are:
Bronze Egg ($10 Amazon gift card): Jodie1
Silver Egg ($20 Amazon gift card): Robert Alan Carter
Golden Egg (Titanic In Photographs Collectors Edition): OpiumEater
In this evocative collection of photographs the authors of TITANIC: The Ship Magnificent tellTitanic’s full story, set against the backdrop of the great race to build the biggest and best passenger liner. From her genesis in the shipyard of Harland & Wolff to the anticipation of her launch and through her fitting out and sea trials, the excitement of Titanic’s maiden voyage is keenly evident in the many rare and unusual images in this book. Looking at her departure from Southampton and her stops at Cherbourg and Queenstown, and including many photos never before published, the book follows the story to its tragic conclusion, the role of the Carpathia and the aftermath of this shattering disaster.
****Winner’s please email email@example.com with your mailing address to claim your prize!****
A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this week’s Golden Egg contest! Didn’t win this week? Don’t worry, you can still win a Golden Egg during week 4 of the Golden Egg Contest! So grab your phone, and start planning your trip to the cemetery this weekend! Remember, you need the clue to participate, so follow us on Facebook HERE and tune in this Wednesday for this week’s Golden Egg clue.
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